Saturday, September 23, 2017

Is it Head Lice or Dandruff?

2000 study by researchers at the Laboratory of Public Health Entomology at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) found that healthcare workers, parents, and school officials often misdiagnose and inappropriately medicate head lice infestations. Parents are left scratching their heads, is it head lice or dandruff?
The researchers asked readers to submit examples of what they thought were head lice or lice eggs. The readers completed questionnaires that also asked them to identify their relationship to the infested person (parent, nurse, etc.) and the measures taken to treat the perceived infestation.
“An uncomfortably large proportion of the submissions had nothing to do with head lice, yet in every case someone suspected they were head lice or louse eggs,” said Richard Pollack, instructor in immunology and infectious diseases and lead author of the study.
Of the 614 submissions, 41 percent had nothing to do with head lice, but instead were objects, often dandruff. Of the submissions that were associated with lice, about half seemed to be signs of infestations that were now extinct with dead lice being detected. Only active infestations (consisting of lice and/or live eggs) should be treated, the researchers said.
Parents were the most likely to misdiagnose the issue. How do you know if your child has head lice or dandruff?

Location, Location, Location

First and foremost is the location of the detected substance. Lice lay their eggs about a quarter of an inch from the scalp—they need the warmth of the human body to incubate and survive. So, an egg found at that proximity would suggest an active infestation. Anything found farther away from the scalp would most likely be a dead egg or empty nit (from which a lice nymph has already hatched).
Also, dandruff and other substances are likely to shake easily out of the hair. Lice eggs and nits on the other hand, are fastened tightly to hair strands and require a fine-toothed comb and nimble fingers to be removed.
If you comb your child’s hair with a lice comb, wipe it on a white paper towel and look closely at what you have removed from the hair. Unlike dandruff, the lice eggs will look like dark specks with a tiny tail. The “tail” is actually the part where the egg was fastened to the hair. Anything moving on the paper towel would be a louse since dandruff, obviously, won’t crawl.

What is Dandruff

Dandruff is a common form of skin eczema, also called Seborrheic dermatitis. It is believed that dandruff is caused by the continual production of oil on the scalp, which dries and turns into flakes. It is only called dandruff when the condition is on the human scalp. While it can take different forms, dandruff usually looks like thick flakes or scales (either white or yellowish in color), and can occur together with red, irritated skin.
Neither dandruff nor head lice present any serious health risks. Lice don’t spread disease, and dandruff can be easily treated with a medicated shampoo.
If lice are found, there are new treatments available that make getting rid of the bugs about as difficult as getting a haircut. Lice Clinics of America has introduced a breakthrough in lice treatment in the form of its AirAllé device, an FDA-cleared Class I medical device clinically proven to kill live lice and more than 99 percent of eggs in a single treatment that takes about an hour.
To learn more about lice, Lice Clinics of America, the AirAllé medical device, visit our website

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Vacation Lice

I don't know about your family but our family starts a countdown the second we plan a vacation. FYI it is 62 days before we head to the beach for a week with my whole family.

Last year we had just started the business and had a short cruise out of Baltimore planned. We were going to be gone a couple of days but something told me a couple of days before leaving to get a head check. 

Into the shop my husband and I went, he put on his headset, got out a stick, parted my hair and exclaimed, "Winner winner chicken dinner!!."

Yup - I had lice. I called my dad and asked him to pick the kids up from camp and bring them in so we could check them too.

Sure I knew the AirAlle was the greatest way to get rid of lice so I wasn't worried at all. I was so thankful that we found it before boarding that cruise ship. The last thing I would have wanted to focus on was combing lice out of my hair while finally having some awesome family time.

Now, whenever we are going to be away from home I get a head check just to make sure. I also keep a bottle of the Super Lice Fighters finishing rinse in our suitcase because if we should find lice I know using that gives me at least a week to get the heat. Kills all the bugs with no chemicals and I can go about having fun.

Sadly lately we have had several customers come in who found lice while on that wonderful family vacation. Places like Disneyworld, Paris, the beach and a Disney Cruise. Just breaks my heart they had to worry about something like lice while they should have been having the time of their lives.

Plan those before vacation head checks and always keep a bottle of the Super Lice Fighters Oil Treatment in your suitcase

Thursday, April 20, 2017

One Year!!

One year ago today we were finally finished working on the clinic and just had to set everything up. I was going to savor it - it was exciting - and our planned opening day was May 1st with a possible soft opening the week before.

Then the phone rang. Someone had heard about us and they were desperate. They had been treating unsuccessfully with OTC treatments and couldn't take it anymore. They were wondering if I could possibly see them tomorrow.

I stood there looking around at the mess and said, "Absolutely we can see you tomorrow!!" Our new open date was now April 21st and I had about 11 hours to get the shop ready. It was a good push for us because even though I knew I could do it and was so excited - I was still nervous. We had put in so much work to get to this point and a small part of me was putting off taking that final leap. I was so happy we got that call because it was the greatest leap ever!

Here are those 11 hours condensed into 2 minutes: (there are some glitches with the video where it looks like we stop moving and then starts up again)

It has been an amazing first year. I love what we do. Every day we get to help people deal with something that no one wants to deal with. Something that totally stresses people out. Something that can just break you as a parent. I know because I was there. After I got over the initial, "Oh my gosh we have bugs" it was the combing day in and day out that broke me. The worry I just wasn't getting it all and we were going to be dealing with this forever. And then you read stuff online and it can make you crazy.

Now we get to help people with the real cure for head lice; without using any chemicals. I love knowing that as they leave and say, "Liz it has been great meeting you but I hope I never see you again." that wish can actually be fulfilled because there is no tedious follow-up required of them. Some washing and house cleaning and life is back to normal.

All of this has made such a wonderful first year as Lice Clinics of America Rockville. We are the Super Lice Fighters!! I wake up happy every morning knowing that I love what I do and love that we can provide such an exceptional service to our community. 

As a child my dad told me all the time, "Find something you love to do and you will never work a day in your life." It may have taken me some time but I finally did it and he was so right!!

All of us are looking forward to our second year and our second clinic. New and exciting things are happening all the time all while meeting new and exciting people each day.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Head Lice Love Spring Break

Spring Break!! That wonderful time of year when the weather is finally warming up and it stays light longer. It is a hint to the fun summer is going to bring and the perfect time for the family to recharge.

It is also the perfect time to get head lice. Visiting family and hanging out with friends brings more opportunity for head to head contact with people. It is also a time when routines change and we may forget our weekly head checks.

But fear not - Lice Clinics of America Rockville is here to help! If you get the call from friends or family that they found lice give us a call. From head assessments to chemical free do-it-yourself kits to our patented AirAllé® full-service treatment we are ready every day to help you end the lice cycle, once and for all.

A lice infestation doesn't have to be the weeks of combing you may have done in the past. With our heat treatment, your family can be lice free in a couple of hours without the worry that something was missed and it is going to start all over again.

If you have questions, concerns or worries, call us. It is what we are here for and we all love to help. We understand the anxiety lice can bring. We have been there - and those memories don't fade. 

So if some unexpected visitors decided to stick around after spring break - turn to Lice Clinics of America Rockville to eliminate the infestation and worry.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Ask to see

There are some lucky people out there who find Lice Clinics of America the first time they have lice. I know reading that you think, "Who is lucky that has lice?" True - lice is never fun but at the same time it doesn't have to be the worst thing ever and disrupt your life for weeks or months.

For the people we see in the clinic that have had lice before, they have tried the over the counter methods, the old wives tales, and every kind of service out there. Eventually the combing and oil and washing non stop drives them to find a different way - a better way. A way that helps them return to their regularly scheduled life quicker.

As I've said before almost every method will work if you put in the time - my caveat on that is PLEASE DON'T put gasoline on your child's head, or yours for that matter. That is never going to work and it is just plain dangerous. You may giggle at that but you would be surprised at how many people do that.

If this is your first time getting lice or you or your child seems to be the life of the lice party know what you are looking for or ask questions of the person helping you. You are paying them and they should be happy to answer any and all questions you may have.

I'm saying this because we have seen too many people who were taken advantage of when it came to lice. Companies who won't tell you what they are going to do to remove the lice and nits from your hair until they get to your home. This is to force you into using them because most people are so stressed out they aren't going to send someone away at that point. And then they don't find out until they are finished that for this to work they need to sleep in oil every night for weeks and comb every morning. Who honestly has time for that?

Others who do have the guts to say no we don't want to do that and send them away, research alternatives and come to us - only to find out there isn't a louse or nit anywhere to be found. So what was that person about to charge them to do?

I've showed people a nit comb filled with nits to have them say, "No when my child was combed out it didn't look anything like that at all. It was some white flakes but they got it all." They may have gotten it all but it wasn't lice they were getting. Or when they pull their comb out of the baggie and say, "See here these dark spots. Those are the eggs I got. This is what the professional showed me" and I have them put the loop over those spots to have them realize those spots are nothing, just the comb.

So whatever method you use for lice removal ask lots of questions. Ask to see what they are finding in the hair - and use something to zoom in on it, even if it is the camera on your phone. Know what bugs and eggs look like so someone can't take advantage. Lice is traumatizing enough without treating when you don't really have it!!

This is a nymph hatching from the nit under the microscope.

I've actually shown people bugs I keep in a bag so they can see it and again recently we've had someone who has been self treating say, "No that isn't what I've seen, what are those."


So if you have any questions or need our help please feel free to call or text: 240-766-5423 or contact us through the "book now" link at the top of the page. We are here to help. We want your lice infestation to end now and be worry free!!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Just because you found lice

I love what I do. I would have never believed it if someone told me a year ago that this is what I would be doing. I would have laughed, pretty hard I'm guessing. But now I can't imagine doing anything else.

I get to spend my day helping people though what some thing is the worst thing that could ever happen to them. I know they don't mean that but in that moment of stress and shame and failure they feel it - because I felt it too the first time.

Now I know better and for a brief moment in time I get to help people see they didn't fail just because their family got lice and they don't have to stress about it because the AirAlle method is so easy and lets face it - lice like clean hair and they know who the greatest host and hostesses are.

While treatments are happening I get to chat with people. Every day new people and it is great. I learn of all sorts of new places to go and see. Fun stuff to do with the kids or on date night. But of course the biggest topic of conversation is Lice.

In those conversations I learn all the different ways people have tried to rid them from their life. Many of them I've heard multiple times before and can find all sorts of info on the internet - mayo, olive oil, baby oil. Day after day sleeping with these on your hair. Then there is the Cetaphil and hair dryer method - again multiple days of this. All the over the counter methods done multiple times during an infestation along with the prescriptions from doctors. People even go as far as having relatives from their native countries send them crazy chemical topical treatments from home and some even go as far as putting gasoline on their head and the heads of their kids.

I know the panic that hits when you discover lice - I've been there. It is overpowering!! But when it happens try as hard as you can to take a deep breath and take a moment.

Would you put gasoline on your child at any other time? If the answer is no you shouldn't do it just because you found lice.

Would you let your child sleep with a plastic bag in their bed let alone their head? If the answer is no you shouldn't do it just because you found lice.

Lice Clinics of America is an easy, chemical free and safe method of lice removal without all the follow up the above mentioned methods require. You get to take time to relax while we take care of the lice and in about an hour life is back to normal.

Which ever method you use - please be safe!!